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Looking at a few of my 70s bikes I have noticed most of the front end forks have a set or slight bend to them .Im sure its age...so it leads to the question is a slight bend tolerable or dangerous and if so whats the source for new forks its hard enough finding people that carry clivis end ,single eye shocks for older bikes what is the replacement source for old forks.I have heard of forks by frank but havent called but im sure he cannt be inexpencive...im sure he is a small operation so it would be more a custom fork but I do hear his are stronger .What should a fork tube cost approximatly.
 

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I've seen places on the internet claiming to have/make forks tubes for freakin every bike ever made.... don't recall any of them offhand of course.

A very slight bend up by the bottom of the tree can be lived with sometimes....it's better if both tubes are bent at the same place. And bend along the leg travel is of course a no no.
Better yet...straight forks. Even a slight bend at the clamp turned sideways to keep the wheel straight will put too much stress on the leg bushings and increase stiction.

They can be straightened in a press you know, as long as the bend is up by the clamps. If I put legs on a granite surface plate and can slip more than about a .020" feeler under the bend then it's too much.
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I've ordered tubes from Franks before and been pleased with them. A real nice thing was being able to order 1" longer or shorter for a custom application. Price was about 250$ roughly.
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thats where ive seen it after it leaves the bottom tree and in unison with the other fork...just seems and looks like normal wear but to me I would have to think straight is better to keep the geometry where it was designed for .I took one pair, today; off a susuki GS550 and its about a quarter inch arch on a flat work surface .And even though the are evenly bent under the lower tree my feeling is thats not tolerable and Ill look for replacements,lol must have hit something and wasnt rode again. On closer look handle bar is bent on one side,the hieght of the tubes in the upper tree was almost 3/4 inches off ,turnsignal ground down on back side edge and the front fender bolts out of four, two diagonally apposing to each other the heads of the bolts were snapped off all telling me it dug in and put hurt to the rider enough where it sat for years till I found it . ouch!! engines runs good with 14000 on it .
 

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250 a pair ,was order /turn around time long did you have to send him any parts...I heard his are stronger are they thicker walled.Has the chrome stood up . Your not far from my shop you should stop by some time .George
 

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Bull,
Far as I've ever seen a bent fork is never a "wear" issue, it's a crash issue. They don't bend under normal use...ever..that I've seen. A 1/4 inch is definately the result of a decent sized crash.
My wife hit the tire wall at about 40mph last year and tweaked the forks about 1/16. Got them straight again in a press.
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I dont think Ill straighten these, well straight to the scrap pile.Im sure they are more then a little ...Fatigued !!!



Edited by - LiLBull on Oct 25 2005 5:56:27 PM
 

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Turnaround was within a few days of their estimates- 2-3 weeks depending on the time of year. I didn't have to send anything. They stuff I ordered was pretty common so adding 1" to a GT750 wasn't any trouble. The tubes are made to order.

Where is your shop?
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bridge road in salisbury, near salisbury center on the way to new buryport on route one.bridge road and route one are the same at that point .if you follow 110 it dead ends into bridge road/ route 1 . take a right towards newbury port theres a resturant/bar on the right and then my garage.after the big ugly wooden fence first large gate is my shop. George Im there saturdays till about 1 or 2pm
 

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Salisbury is pretty close. I usually work on Saturdays but it would be fun to stop by sometime.
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Im there during the week as well just thought you would have sat off lol ...stop by any time .Im starting to help a friend shrink wrap some boats so you can call me if you in the area .www.georgescustomcars.com
 
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